Julia Fish: As a true sports fan I get pretty pumped up about practically any sport. During the dry season (no pun intended for those without water this week) between masters, majors and opens, I find myself getting amped about reruns of women’s curling championships. I will watch everything from cricket to rugby, soccer to netball and will toss in some equestrian just for the heck of it.
Mabine Seabe II: A recent survey commissioned by Youth Lab and conducted by Pondering Panda, revealed that the two main issues which young South Africans grapple with are education and unemployment. This is not surprising, considering that the World Economic Forum ranks the quality of South Africa’s maths and science education second from last; and around 70% of citizens aged between 25 and 34 are unemployed. South Africa’s youth have legitimate reasons for regarding unemployment and education at the top of their list of concerns.
During this week a series of events takes place on certain university campuses around the country under the rubric of “Israel Apartheid Week.” The goal is to promote a campaign of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel by delegitimising it just as apartheid South Africa was once delegitimised.
The bankruptcy of this campaign is easily exposed by consulting the Freedom House tables which rate political rights and civil liberties around the world and in which Israel is in the top segment. But it is not this fraud that I wish to write about.
Julien Fiévez: With the moratorium on fracking in the Karoo lifted some days ago, questions loom over the environmental responsibility of the South African government.
Of course, it is no secret that the processes involved in fracking cause irreparable damage to the landscape and this decision will potentially lead to the destruction of the Karoo ecosystem.